Assignment: Exercises to Stimulate Thought
• After reading Chapters 1 to 5 in the textbook (the complete guide to public speakeing), go to page 16 and work on the Exercises to stimulate thought.
• Write down the ideas that come to mind under the different headings suggested.
• After you have completed your brainstorming, using the video tools in Canvas record the ideas you wrote under each section.
• Submit your recorded assignment to the professor.
• Pay attention to the tone and pronunciation of the words.
• Verify the criteria on the rubric that will be used for your evaluation.
• Submit the assignment on time according to the course calendar.
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EXERCISES TO STIMULATE THOUGHT while the issue of topics is firmly in your mind, some simple exercises will help you identify, dislodge, and recognize potential
presentation topics. First, take a piece of paper and title it, “Irritations, Roadblocks,” followed by three blank lines. No w fill in the blanks. Come up with three
irritations or roadblocks you encounter when pursuing information in a given area. Often these relate to something you want to accomplish, a problem you want to solve,
or a challenge that arises. Then do the same for “deficiencies.” Ne xt , on the same page, write the word “gap” with three blank lines. In t he books, articles, and
lectures to which you were recently exposed, what parts prompted you to think there was something missing? Write those gaps on these lines. At work, if there are some
new procedures, prog ram s, instructions, or operating guidelines that have an obvious gap, write them down. If you notice gaps in topics, chances are good that other
people have made the same observations. Therefore, they represent potentially fertile ground for future presentation topics. Now set up another sheet titled “Horses to
Ride.” This represents any significant trend that has emerged or is looming on the horizon. The trend could be related to your career, personal life, or something that
is more widely observable among career professionals or society in general. F or what kinds of training do people in your industry routinely sign up? What types of
skills are currently in high demand and will likely be so for t he foreseeable future? Leadership? Time management? Customer service? Adapting to technology?
“Horses to ride,” that is, popular topics that are well within your expertise and comfort zone are worth further exploration as future presentation topics. Finally,
set up another sheet to list “Other Topics.” Think about topics that are already hot, such as those reflected in current books and lectures. What are the big topics in
the news right now? What special insights do you have into these topics, based on your experiences? As you continue to mull over these issues, turn to the question of
why you want to speak. This important consideration is another way to uncover your perfect speaking topic.
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